Former CIA Director John Brennan has slammed President Donald Trump and his administration’s hardline stance towards Iran, including Trump’s persistent criticism of the Iranian nuclear deal.
According to Brennan, the president’s policy is undermining the chance of "peaceful political reform" in Iran.
"With the wholesale condemnation of Iran and nuclear deal over past year, the Trump Admin squandered an opportunity to bolster reformists in Tehran and the prospects for peaceful political reform in Iran. Bluster is neither a strategy nor a mechanism for the exercise of US power and influence," Brennan said in Twitter on Tuesday.
With wholesale condemnation of Iran and nuclear deal over past year, Trump Admin squandered opportunity to bolster reformists in Tehran and prospects for peaceful political reform in Iran. Bluster is neither a strategy nor a mechanism for exercise of U.S. power and influence.— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) 2 января 2018 г.
Brennan was CIA director during the presidency of Barack Obama and has been known as a critic of Trump’s foreign policy.
The final agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program (officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) was one of the milestone diplomatic achievements under Obama, but has been repeatedly condemned by Trump, whose administration announced in October that it would not certify Iran’s compliance with the deal.
Explaining the popular unrest, President Hassan Rouhani cited domestic problems and foreign provocations.
Trump has commented on the situation several times, saying that that the protests in Iran showed citizens' disagreement with Tehran's funding of terrorism and warning that the US is "watching very closely for human rights violations."
The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime. All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their “pockets.” The people have little food, big inflation and no human rights. The U.S. is watching!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 2 января 2018 г.
Rouhani responded to Trump, saying the US president had no right to weigh in on Iran's unrest after he called the Iranian people "terrorists."